February 27th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton camps highlights Obama's chairmanship

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/26/art.debate2.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton raised Obama's subcommittee chairmanship at Tuesday's debate."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign Wednesday pounced on Sen. Barack Obama's acknowledgment that he has yet to hold a substantive hearing since becoming chairman of a Senate subcommittee on Europe.

The admission during Tuesday night's Democratic debate offered a "glimpse of the real Barack Obama," and was emblematic of the Illinois senator's light record of results, the Clinton camp said in an e-mail.

Obama "did not hold a single oversight hearing because he was too busy running for president; the Barack Obama who spends his time talking about change you can believe in instead of change you actually can count on," the e-mail stated.

Clinton herself raised the issue at the debate in Cleveland.

'"He chairs the subcommittee on Europe. It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan," she said. "He's held not one substantive hearing to do oversight, to figure out what we can do to actually have a stronger presence with NATO in Afghanistan."

In response, Obama noted he has only served as the committee's chairman since January of 2007, just when his presidential campaign was beginning - a fact the Clinton campaign's memo also highlighted.

"But by his own admission, he was too busy running for president to conduct a single substantive hearing of the committee he chairs," the memo stated. "So he would rather talk about what he would do rather than do it through the responsibility he had.”

For the record, Obama has held two hearings on ambassadorial nominations, but no oversight hearings.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (451 Responses)
  1. uche

    Hillary or whatever you call urself,focus on very important things that make a good president and bring back America's image not picking on issues that cant help you.Once you are sinking,you are.Now you know that you cannot control all Americans as you handle Bill.Time shall tell

    February 27, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Washington, DC

    Somebody please explain. Why isn't every comment posted? I just spent 5 minutes writing a neutral post and it's not here.

    February 27, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Joyce

    Go Hillary.......far away!!!!

    February 27, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. dalene44

    Now Hillary is trying to blame the media for her dismal campaign and trying to blame Bush for her refusal to release her White House records. She divides the Democratics and stresses out the country. Hillary runs her campaign exactly like Bush runs the government by hiring her cronies and blowing her donor money with with no long term plan or exit plan. Amazing similarity to Bush.

    February 27, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. joy

    Just I can't understand why we still spend our mony in Iraq and
    for Israel. and we have an economy crisis (we need our mony)
    candidates should talk openly how much we spend yearly on the war
    in Iraq and how much we give to Israel yearly!!!

    February 27, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. greg from va

    Didn't Hillary say she was too busy running for president to release her taxes even though Obama already has???? Didn't she move to New York to run for president??? Is SHE being honest with us????

    February 27, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. AnneinPA

    Help us please!

    Hillary get it on!

    No Hillary, then No Obama, McCain 2008 ..at least we know where he stands
    and what he's acccomplished. No comparison of the two men. One is
    so much more ready for the presidency.

    February 27, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. JJR

    Attention any Obama supporters, I just want all you to remember March 4 if Mr Obama wins, then report back to this site in a year from him being elected with your comment on just how amazed at what Mr Obama has done. Mark my words you will not be impressed. But you may be wishing you would have paid a little more attention to what these canidates were really saying. Most comments will be how he has done nothing to help the American People.

    February 27, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. wiseness

    If you think , clinton and Bush are too much and do not want clinton bis., than go for Mccain.
    I will never give the keys of my nice car to any inexperienced driver..I still do not understand why people are so deaf and blind. What is really in Obama plan..Nothing except change.. We all want change but, to change , you have to know where you want to go and make some serious proposals. I personal do not see why I should go for OBAMA..if it is not only by emotion..Political issues are too serious to be consider with feelings..We need brightness for sure but also experience.

    February 27, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Cali guy

    I can see it now, Obummer says he's sorry but was too busy running for POTUS to do anything about our National Security. Go Obummer.

    February 27, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. Ryan from Minnesota

    This is just another example of why Obama's qualifications are, at best, vice-presidential. Why did he insist on running now? He should have supported Hillary in this election and run for himself in 8 years. That would have been unity in action. Hillary earned this one.

    February 27, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. SK

    Can not blame OBAMA..He is running for Precident from DAY 1.

    February 27, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. rich


    February 27, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. Jose Card - Independent

    Obama is not alone in missing senate duties.
    Our election period is way too long and it distracts the candidates from their regular duties. Although a longer period will give people like Obama opportunities to gain name recognition, one year may be sufficient for presidential election. What's your take?

    February 27, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. Brian

    just goes to show hes all talk no action.

    February 27, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. Linda R. W'bridge, VA

    According to Senate records Mr. Obama has been a very bad boy. He hasn't been all the honest.......oh whats new there.......... In all the committees that he is either chairman or a sitting member. Obama has not been involved as much as he is suppose to be for the past two years.......too busy on the campaign trail.

    Did you see him today on TV in his so called hit back on McCain.....looking down and reading from the cards. The question I have is how does reading Q-cards make him the great speaker????

    The great cheater actually...........style no substance.


    February 27, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Benjamin

    Barack took time out of his busy schedule to vote 'nay' on the FISA bill that President Bush introduced. Hillary was one of only two senators who did not show up for the vote.

    You decide.

    February 27, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. J. P. Acosta

    If Hillary is going to run the Oval Office and the national economy the way she is running her campaign and its financial, we better be aware now and not vote for her. We may regret it later. Before is too late see what kind of poor manager she is.

    February 27, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Brian

    lmao Unite the country? you libs cant even unite your own party.

    February 27, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Hillary has done soo much while she has been a Senator. How many times has Barack Obama been to Iraq? Hillary has gone more than once. I am so glad people are finally seeing through Obama's words..Hillary has her record on helping all people.As First Lady she has been to India,China and Africa. As the Senator from N.Y she has done so much for the firefighters from 911,and the soldiers from Iraq...Hillary 08

    February 27, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. T. Jackson 77 - New York

    There's a great deal of "talk" about Hillary's experience in this discussion. The question has been raised – how can we be so fooled by Obama. Well I have a question- how can we be so fooled by Hillary? How is it that everyone is so quick to allow Hillary count the 8 years of experience afflated with her husban Bill? What did she do during those 8 years? Why is she holding up the release of papers documenting her work during those years? She's not transparent – I'm not convinced that she is the most experienced. Obama 08!

    February 27, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. One of the million

    YES WE CAN!!!

    Like this will slow down his momentum. You definately wrong people. Obama all the way. YES WE CAN!!!

    February 27, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Marie

    If Obama can't take his committee responsibilities seriously and was too busy campaigning, while our troops in Afghanistan were in harm's way, what is he going to be like as President. He is too inexperienced and not fit to be president. Hillary is experienced, capable, and conscientious. She kept up with her Senate duties and that is probably why she is behind. Obama doesn't seem to care about our troops, just himself. Go Hillary 08! Why are people letting CNN and the media let everything slide off Obama?

    February 27, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. DEB

    It's about time. Hillary has the skills to turn this around. If Hillary had been chair of that committee, the news media would have handled the answer differently. Instead the pundits are making excuses for him.

    If she had taken excerpts of a speech from Bill and given it as her own ideas, we would still be seeing news clips.

    The media has been bashing Hillary and women in general throughout this campaign.

    February 27, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Terry Wood

    I'm from the upstate NY that Tim Russert talked about. We havn't seen hide nor hair of Senator Clinton in a long while. I guess we are supposed to excuse her from her duties as Senator from NY but still pay her salary while she is out campaigning. By the way senator Clinton we have health care issues in NY, we have unemployment in NY, we have foreclosures in NY, we have plants shuting down and moving out.....yet I didn't see you campaigning or fundraising in our upstate area. I guess all the big money and fat cats are downstate.

    PS : I won't vote for her in the next senatorial election either.

    February 27, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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